I have just read the Iain M Banks short story Descendant, part of the anthology The State Of The Art. It features technologies reminiscent of the Culture stories, such as an intelligent suit with 1.0 level AI, drones and knife missiles. Did the great man ever declare any connection between this story and the Culture?

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    It's clearly a Culture story. Proving it is turning out to be rather tricky :-) – Valorum May 6 '17 at 8:51
  • I strongly suspect that the answer will be found in the original anthology in which it appeared; Tales from the Forbidden Planet. The author notes are bound to say. – Valorum May 6 '17 at 23:56

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